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APC BackUP ES BE550 UPS with stronger battery

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August 28, 2008 9:29:48 AM

Hi

i got this ups wich works nicely but theres one trouble i live in venezuela, there are lots and lots of power outages the times are arround 15 minutes to 3 hours so....


my ups only holds my pc for 15 minutes but i would like if possible to get 45 minutes instaling a battery with more AH even thinking in a motor bike or a car battery, my problem its sometimes im playing online and i get a power outage wich its very common so i need more uptime for those moments.


i been looking arround manuals/net/took the battery out but it doesnt reveal the battery specs are all batterys of 12V? or can it have a different voltage.


does anyone knows if would i have troubles by changing the battery of the ups for a another with more AH may be 4X or 5X de AH of the original battery?

thx in advance.
August 28, 2008 1:10:41 PM

Have you considered using a generator instead? 15 minutes should be plenty of time to fire up the generator and plug the UPS into that.

You should be able to measure the battery voltage with a cheap multimeter. If you do connect a larger battery, make sure you use thick wires and be prepared for things to blow up (literally - have copious amounts of water available to an assistant (although I very much doubt if the battery would explode) and wear safety goggles).

You could contact APC directly.

Andrew
August 28, 2008 7:01:13 PM

yea i have seen it but they are so expensive that they would cost me a nut, not even mentioning here in venezuela, i cant find those.

i also tought in to using a multimeter

and the generator lol i would love it, but i live in a apartament cant have a generaor here =(

thx for the answers.
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